International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

International Service ICS

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Applications are now open for April 2017.
Apply now to attend an ICS assessment day in December or January!

International Service is a human rights development charity. We believe that all people have the right to be treated fairly and fully involved in all aspects of society.

Since 1958, we’ve empowered women, children and young people, and people with disabilities to access these rights in developing countries across the world.

To do this, we invest in people. We work with local organisations to increase the impact of their work, and empower them to advocate for positive and sustainable change.

Where you’ll go

With International Service ICS you could volunteer in:

-  Burkina Faso
-  Ghana
-  Rwanda

What you’ll do

Our projects vary because we respond to the needs of the local community. All of our projects are a mixture of hands-on activities (like workshops and training sessions) and office-based activities (such as carrying out research or developing training resources).

Our projects focus on women, children and young people, and people with disabilities. Our volunteers:

-  Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the local media; deliver inclusive sports sessions; and organise events to enable disabled craftspeople to sell their work

-  Run business skills sessions for craftswomen; deliver training on malaria prevention; and research new areas of business

-  Train young people as sexual health peer educators and educate communities to help keep girls in school

“This is what I call a revolution, where women are no longer seen as the largest vulnerable group but given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. 

Bolgatanga women have not been left out of this global change, as steadily our work as ICS volunteers in partnership with TradeAid has given these women an enabling environment to thrive well in society.”

Kweku Essilfie Ferguson, International Service volunteer with TradeAid.

How does it work?

International Service ICS volunteers go on 12-week placements. You’ll work as part of a team of 10 to 16 UK and in-country volunteers. Throughout your placement you’ll live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community.

Throughout your ICS journey, International Service staff will offer you support and guidance.

If you’re 23 to 35 years old and have experience of leading and motivating young people then you could become an International Service Team Leader. 

On an ICS placement, you’ll have the unique opportunity to spend six months in-country. As well gaining experience working with two teams of ICS volunteers, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the host culture, language and experience.

We especially welcome Team Leaders with French language skills, although this isn’t a requirement. Find out more about the requirements for a Team Leader here.


Find out about more ICS overseas volunteering placements in Afica, Asia, Central and South America.